Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers sponsors bill to take U.S. out of United Nations

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Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., chats with Auburn graduate student Marshall Hartley at his open house Monday, March 10, 2003, in Opelika, AL. (AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Vasha Hunt). (VASHA HUNT)

An Alabama Congressman has sponsored a new bill in the House of Representatives that if successful would see the country withdrawn from the United Nations, which could leave the New York-based organization significantly weakened and take the U.S. closer to its isolationist policy prior to joining World War II.

The bill, known as the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017, is sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers and was referred to the House Committee on foreign affairs earlier this month. Specifically, the bill would repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and other related laws.

“The U.N. has attempted a number of actions which aimed to encroach on the rights granted to U.S. citizens under our Constitution,” said Rogers. “Most recently, the U.N. Security Council sided with Palestine and passed a resolution condemning Israel’s settlements in Jerusalem. Attacks against one of the United States’ greatest allies are just the most recent chapter in the U.N.’s dangerous agenda.  I believe our involvement in the U.N. is a waste of taxpayer dollars.”

While designed to withdraw the United States from the intergovernmental organization, which was first established to promote international cooperation after World War II, the U.S. would also be giving up its right to have a say on U.N.-dictated international affairs, and its seat on the powerful Security Council.

 It was on the U.N. Security Council last December where the U.S. abstained from voting on a U.N. resolution condemning the construction of Israeli settlements on land claimed by Palestine. Under normal U.S. policy, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. would use its veto, ensuring an end to any resolution against Israel. However, should Rogers’ bill be successful, the U.S. would lose its seat on the Security Council and be unable to veto any resolutions at all, which would put Israel in a far worse position.

In addition to relinquishing U.S. membership, the bill also requires that President Donald Trump terminates any “organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body, and closure of the U.S. Mission to the United States.”

The U.S. would also be prohibited from giving money to the organization, involving itself in peacekeeping operations or any other military form, and from offering diplomatic immunity to U.N. officers or employees.


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